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Compuware Corporation has announced it has once again been named to Database Trends and Applications’ “DBTA 100” list, which recognizes the “the companies that matter most in data.”  This special list, comprising both long-standing industry veterans as well as new disruptors, features 100 companies and is highlighted in the special June edition of Database Trends and Applications as well as on its website, dbta.com.

“The mainframe’s paramount reliability, security and computing power make it ideal for supporting the surge in digital transactions,” says Chris O’Malley, CEO, Compuware. “However, mainframes require modernization and investment to make them more accessible and maneuverable for newer developers. Over the next several years, mainframe users will look to extend the value of these irreplaceable assets, as well as pass the baton for platform stewardship as mainframe experts retire. We are dedicated to helping customers mainstream the mainframe to best compete in the digital economy.”

“We’re excited to announce our fifth annual list, as the industry continues to grow and transform,” remarked Thomas Hogan, Group Publisher at Database Trends and Applications. “Today, more than ever, businesses are looking for ways to manage and leverage their information resources to create new opportunities and deliver a real competitive advantage. A fundamental change is taking place where every business is also moving toward becoming a data business. This list seeks to highlight those companies that have been successful in establishing themselves as unique resources for data professionals and stakeholders." 

Compuware’s flagship product is Topaz, a solution suite making it easier for non-mainframe experts to understand and work with mainframe code and data. Examples of Topaz functionality include replacing the antiquated green screen development environment with a modern, familiar IDE; and leveraging Java-like tools and technologies to make updating and maintaining COBOL applications simpler and less risky. As more applications become multi-platform—spanning several systems before culminating in a back-end transaction—Topaz effectively removes the demarcation lines around the mainframe, enabling developers and teams to work seamlessly on code regardless of the underlying platform.

Another important Topaz feature is advanced data visualization, which provides a convenient, intuitive way to understand where data resides as well as application and data interdependencies. This can help organizations needing to comply with GDPR, by making it possible to reliably identify all instances of customers’ sensitive data. Compuware also offers solutions enabling the masking and protection of live customer data used in software testing processes, another GDPR compliance requirement.

Finally, while a majority of global CIOs acknowledge the mainframe’s superior security, like all platform types, privileged insider threats represent a potential blind spot, as an estimated 80 percent of the world’s corporate data continues to reside on mainframes. To address this, Compuware recently announced Application Audit which directly captures complete, start-to-finish user session activity data in real time, giving organizations deep insights into what data was viewed, by whom and which applications were used to access it. Cybersecurity teams can leverage Application Audit data from within leading SIEM solutions such as Splunk, IBM QRadar and HPE Security ArcSight ESM, either directly or via tools from CorreLog, Syncsort and others.